I Reviewed 9 Dog Bowls To Find The Best for French Bulldogs

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The Best Food Bowls for Frenchies

Okay, so those of you with flat-nosed breeds know how hard it can be finding just the right dog bowl. They’re either too short, too deep, not elevated, not cute, etc., etc.

Not only does Fira have a non-existent snout, she also is the MESSIEST eater. Half of her food ends up on the floor. So, I wanted to look for something with a tray or something that catches the fall-out food. Her bowl would also get tipped over on its side after she finished eating. She is wild.

My criteria for the bowls this time was mainly for Fira. Weston is the quietest, most gentle, delicate eater — he doesn’t spill a drop! Fira is the complicated one. Weston also has a bit of a longer snout than Fira, making it easier for him to reach his food. 

So, Fira needed a bowl that would be suitable for her non-existent snout and easy for clean-up. She needed something that would stay put on the floor and look good in the kitchen.

Here are the 9 bowls I picked up for my Frenchies:

Ono The Good Bowl: When I opened the box for this, I was ooo-ing and aah-ing over the way it was sleekly packaged and just super clean/modern. The bowls are really shallow and wide, so it helps small-snout and squishy-face dogs get into the bowl better. 

The removable silver bowls stay snug in the mat and the best feature of these bowls is that the entire silicone mat stays gripped to the floor so it doesn’t go anywhere

These are perfect for a neat eater (aka- Weston!), but the bowls were too shallow for Fira. The tray around the bowl was littered with fallen food right away.

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I originally got this Duo Collapsible Dog Bowl for traveling, but ended up using it as Fira’s dog bowl for awhile! What I love about it is its size (pretty roomy), grip (silicone stays on the floor and doesn’t move around), easy to clean and has that tray for fall-out. Not sure how but it ended up ripping, so we had to throw it out.

Ceramics Raised Bowl: The design of this bowl is really nice and a cool shape. I could see this really as a nice accent piece in a contemporary kitchen. It has a solid weight because of the ceramic and doesn’t move around. It’s meant to be a cat food bowl so it is a bit small and food kept spilling over the edge. 

BTW, this is the silicone mat we use and we don’t let Fira eat without one! It’s a must for clean floors and easy clean-up — not the mention, keeps the bowl in place.

 

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Wide Ceramic Dog Bowl: Super pretty dog bowl made of solid ceramic. This one is super wide and is taller at the back, which I thought would work for Fira. I think it was too large and the food got stuck at the back and the top edges. She couldn’t ever finish her meal without me scraping the food back toward the front. So maybe not the best French Bulldog food bowl for Fira. 

But I think if your dog eats dry food or is bigger, this dog bowl is a decent choice!

 

Slow Feeder Bowl: if your dog eats super fast, like Fira does, a dog bowl for fast eaters is a smart option. A slow bowl is great as it forces your French Bulldog to work around the bowl and gives them time to chew and digest — and not inhale their food. Sometimes it feels like some dogs don’t even chew their food!

This one did not work for Weston or Fira at ALL. Fira couldn’t get her little face in and just stared at it confused and frustrated, lol. Fira needs something sturdy so it doesn’t move around and high around the edges so the food doesn’t spill over the sides but not too high where she couldn’t reach. So, I tried a few more dog bowls…

When I was posting about dog bowls on Instagram, I got so many messages raving about this Enhanced Pet Bowl. It’s made for French Bulldog problems like this. Sturdy grip on the bottom, large area for their face to move around and at an angle. 

Stainless steel dog bowls also stay bacteria-free. On a Frenchie Facebook group, I read about someone switching dog bowls to all stainless steel and their French Bulldog’s tear stains completely disappeared!

If you’re looking for a more affordable option that is similar, I found this stainless steel dog bowl and it is also the least expensive on the list — less than 10 bucks!

Some food still spilled over the top — Fira tends to push up the food to the back of the bowl causing it to go over. It still wasn’t the winner. So I kept looking for the best French Bulldog food bowl…

 

Fluff Trough. We gave this a try months ago and I finally got around to sharing it now. Obviously, you can tell by its unique shape, it’s designed for short snout dogs (and regular!) — just like a pig trough, lol. I really like how it’s elevated and the wide size of it. It makes eating meals a bit slower for Fira. She still pushes food up the sides and can’t really reach the top of it (ie: if we put the bowl against the wall), so my solution is putting a wide bowl behind it to catch all fall-out. It’s like she gets two bowls of food! 🙂 

And of course with a silicone mat, so it doesn’t slide around.

 

Tilted Ceramic Dog Bowl with Wooden Stand: This dog bowl is great! Love the slanted feature and Fira had a much better time eating without a huge mess. Elevated bowls are really good for French Bulldogs, as it helps them swallow their food down better without regurgitating it up. This tilted dog bowl also came with silicone grips to stick onto the bottom of the wooden legs — nice! I’d give this a positive 8/10 score.

 

There you have it – the best bowls for French Bulldogs (so far). Hope you enjoyed it! Please share this post with a friend if you found it useful.

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Comments

  1. We have Basis stainless steel bowls and elevated stand. The stainless steel is made in the USA, tested for lead and Mercury and food grade for humans and pets. Very reasonably priced too (we use the small bowl for water but the medium is better for food)!
    https://www.basispet.com

  2. Thank you for this review. I am looking for the perfect bowl for my 9 weeks old french bulldog puppy, and it helps a lot. I have read another article on a frenchie website https://frenchbullevard.com which recommends to feed puppies with supplements like goat milk or prepared formula milk for puppies. I think the Slanted Bowl would be a perfect fit for my baby.

    • Oh wow, I’ve never seen this before- it looks like a stool! Only thing is it may be too tall for Fira- she’s so short. Probably could just use the insert. This looks so interesting, thank you for mentioning!

  3. I have a feeling Fira is a messy eater on purpose, she wants all the bowls in every color ?

    Love your posts!

  4. I use that same bowl for my Frenchie!! It is honestly the best one. I cracked the first one I had and decided to buy a different bowl and went with the enhanced pet bowl, but he wasn’t eat his food as much. I think it was from the smell the steel bowl was giving off with his food in it. So I went back to the flat face ceramic dog bowl and it is so far his favorite. Love reading your blog and your see your IG post ?

  5. André loves the Enhanced Bowl. At first we didn’t use the elevated ring that you order separately with it, but I just tried it and it seems to work better for him. We feed him 4 times a day (I know, it’s a little excessive) so we have 2 bowls which we wash between meals. I’m tempted to buy another 2 since we feed raw and I worry that they are clean enough before they end up in the dishwasher. His water bowl in a Tiffany ceramic baby bowl which is heavy so he can’t break it and it doesn’t move around. (I heard stainless is great for food, but not water.)

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